January 5, 2018 – Attleboro, MA, USA and Shenzhen, China
It’s been a bit quiet on the blog front over the past few months, though not because we haven’t been busy. As anyone in the plastics industry will attest, 2017 was a bumper year due to low feedstock prices, strong global economic performance, and continued growth in consumer demand. In fact, a recent interview with the American Chemistry Council (ACC) suggests that we are on track to see sustained expansion in production capacity for several years. Stretching back to the K 2016 event, we have seen steady increases in orders for all HYTAC materials especially our market-leading B1X product. With all of the major OEMs reporting continued long lead times for machinery and tooling, it seems safe to say that 2018 will pick up where 2017 left off.
[This blog is adapted from a report written by C. Carlin for Plastics Engineering]
ATTLEBORO, Mass., September 5, 2017 – CMT Materials, the leading provider of plug-assist materials for the thermoforming industry, has announced the expansion of production capabilities at its Attleboro, Mass. headquarters to keep pace with global demand for its leading plug-assist products HYTAC® syntactic foam.
It’s been quiet on the blog front for a few weeks now, but that doesn’t mean we’ve been sitting around at the beach all summer. Industry reports continue to show plastic packaging is on the rise, with thermoformed parts contributing to overall growth. As we pointed out in previous blogs and articles, megatrends such as sustainability and middle-class growth in Asia, in particular, are opening up new opportunities for innovative package designs that marry convenience and functionality. Of course, those packages are only optimized through the correct use of HYTAC plug assists!
Over 160 delegates recently gathered at the Westin North Shore hotel in Wheeling, IL to hear the latest developments in thin wall packaging trends. Coffee capsules continue to be a topic of particular interest to the consultants at AMI who host a dedicated conference (October 4-5 in Berlin, Germany) on the innovative but troubled little package. The world loves coffee, with Switzerland, Canada and the Benelux countries topping the tables of per capita consumption.
The plastics industry’s second biggest exhibition returned to Guangzhou (pop. 14MM) in the Dongguan region of Southern China. This was the 31st Chinaplas Fair and with 13 halls and the organizers were delighted to announced a new record of 155,000 visitors, up 4.5% from last year and 21% from 2015.
If April is the cruellest month, then May might be the busiest (in 2017, at least). We’ll be exhibiting at Chinaplas 2017, the world’s 2nd largest plastics exhibition, held this year in Guangzhou. With HYTAC plug materials running in at least 6 different machines, we are looking forward to learning about the latest trends in Asian markets. We’ve taken some additional promotional steps this year with a new ad in a leading regional publication, Asian Plastics News. We will also be represented by Vulcan Plastics Technology, our new distributor in mainland China.
It’s been a bit quiet on the blog front these days, but rest assured we are hard at work on some new projects. In fact, we are just about to submit our presentation to the good people at AMI in advance of the Thin Wall Packaging Conference in Wheeling, IL (May 23-24). In short, we have developed new data sets illustrating the effect of plug material choice on overal material distribution. This isn’t entirely novel, but what we’ve done in this case is link the differences in average minimum thickness to part costs and overall job profitability. In essence, we answer the question, “How much is 0.001″ worth?” We’re looking forward to presenting the data and getting feedback from our industry peers.